Cambridge EnerTech’s

Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Engineering Battery Utility into the Grid

April 1-2, 2020

The electrical distribution grid is a complex network. With demands for electrical power continually rising, utilities and project developers are focusing on how to stabilize intermittent electrical energy production and demand. The combination of high-energy density and low costs found in advanced battery design can potentially provide storage services to the grid, utilities, and downstream customers by improving power quality, conversion, capacity, and reliability.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, April 1

1:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

1:50 An Unavoidable Challenge for Ni-Rich Positive Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

Jeff Dahn, FRSC, PhD, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University



2:20 The New NFPA 855 Standard for Installation of ESS

Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President, Battery Technology, Panasonic Energy of North America




2:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Exploring Chemistries for Evolving and Increasing Energy Storage

3:45 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

3:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kevin Fok, Director, Operations, LG Chem Michigan, Inc.

3:55 All-Polymer Batteries

Hideaki Horie, PhD, CEO and Chief Architect, APB Corporation

All-polymer batteries (APB) is a new form of lithium-ion batteries invented with 2 key technologies: 1) polymer-coated electrode and polymer current collector; and 2) bipolar-structured module. Thanks to polymer current collector, APB has high reliability with significantly lower risks of short-circuit. APB also has high energy density thanks to the bipolar structure. We are developing new solutions for energy storage with our battery technology.

4:25 High-Power, Long-Cycle Life Prussian Blue Batteries for Behind-the-Meter Applications

Colin Wessells, PhD, CEO, Natron Energy

Datacenters, EV fast-charging stations, and other electricity customers that have volatile loads are adopting behind-the-meter energy storage to reduce electricity costs and maximize revenue generation. These volatile loads are best managed with high-power batteries that may cycle several times daily. This presentation introduces the Prussian blue battery, which offers uniquely high power and long cycle life, and describes the results of recent deployments of this technology for behind-the-meter applications.

4:55 Next-Generation Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Frank Gibbard, PhD, CEO, WattJoule Corporation

Advances over state-of-the-art vanadium redox flow battery include: 35% less vanadium for the same capacity; reduction in tank volume by 50%; and reduction in cell area by up to 80% for the same power. The DC battery platform is scalable and licensable, with a unique business model. Round-trip DC energy efficiency is 75% at 45°C, at an electrode power density of 360 mW/cm2.

5:25 Dinner Tutorial Registration*

5:45 - 8:00 Dinner Tutorials*

*Best Value or separate registration required for Tutorials.

8:00 Close of Day

Thursday, April 2

7:30 am Registration Open

7:45 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast

8:45 Session Break

Techno-Economics of Grid Integration

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

9:05 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Energy Storage for the Grid: Optimizing Far Beyond Well-Established Transportation Paradigms

Susan Babinec, Program Lead, Stationary Storage, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory

The confluence of lower battery manufacturing costs and the increase of wind and PV power generation has given rise to a new era of energy storage (ES) focused on the grid. In this presentation, we will discuss how techno-economic realities guide the future grid storage solution space, including: shortcomings of EV-focused Li-ion for grid deployment; Argonne’s ML/AI for battery lifecycle evaluations; economics of longer duration storage, including seasonal; and the effect of new chemistries on the entire application suite.

9:35 Aging – Affecting Safety, Reliability, and Performance of Stationary Battery Storage

Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

In dependence on the application-specific ambient and operating conditions, but also in dependence on the quality of the used lithium-ion battery cells and the system design, aging mechanisms have a significant influence on the safety and reliability, as well as on the performance of the battery storage. Thereby, capacity fade and increase of inner resistance of battery cells, as well as corresponding increase of cooling demand, must be considered. This presentation will provide current results of market-available battery storage gained in the laboratory and the field.

10:05 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:20 A Price-Maker/Price-Taker Model for the Operation of Battery Storage Systems in Electricity Markets

Hamid Zareipour, PhD, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Calgary

This presentation will discuss a model for stacking multiple value streams by a merchant battery energy storage system in a competitive electricity market. The model considers the concurrent participation of the battery in the energy and ancillary services markets. Particularly, energy arbitrage, frequency regulation, and contingency reserves are considered. The model takes into account the impacts that the actions of the storage might have on market prices.

11:50 Combining Levelized Cost of Storage with Potential Revenues to Assess Future Profitability

Oliver Schmidt, PhD, Visiting Researcher, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London; Senior Consultant, Energy Storage Practice, Apircum

The profitability of electricity storage is quantified by matching its economic market value to future lifetime cost, accounting for investment cost reductions. The analysis reveals three potential sweet spots for profitable business cases, as a function of the required discharge duration and annual charge-discharge cycle frequency.

12:20 pm Evaluating the Environmental Impacts of Energy Storage Systems’ Operation in Power Grids

Hassana Elzein, MSci, CIRAIG, École Polytechnique de Montréal

12:50 Walking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing or Plated Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

1:50 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Power Partnerships Co-Presentations

2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Susan Babinec, Program Lead, Stationary Storage, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory

2:25 Energy Storage – Trends, Technologies, and Lessons Learned

Daniel Borneo, MSEE, Program Lead, Energy Storage Project Group, Sandia National Labs

This presentation will cover the trends in stationary energy storage deployment, technologies used in these deployments, new technologies coming out of research, safety considerations in ES installations, and lessons learned from the Sandia Projects group.

2:55 CO-PRESENTATION: Energy Storage Solutions for the Smart Grid

Tom Stepien, CEO, Primus Power

Partner to be Announced

3:25 CO-PRESENTATION: Grid-Connected Energy Storage Systems

Michael Liu, Director, Energy Storage, BYD America

Maggie Alexander, MSc, Director, Business Development, Apparent, Inc.

3:55 CO-PRESENTATION: Using Energy Storage for Resiliency

Roger Lin, Vice President, Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions

Partner to be Announced

4:25 Networking Refreshment Break

4:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


4:50 An Intrinsically Flexible Li-Ion Battery for Wearable Devices

Avetik Harutyunyan, PhD, Chief Scientist and Research Director, Materials Science, Honda Research Institute

We demonstrate bendable, twistable, and foldable Li-ion rechargeable pouch cell battery that approaches the ceiling of gravimetric energy density imposed by the lithium storage material. Mentioned performances become a possibility because of the elimination of metal current collectors, binders, and additives from the electrodes.

5:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming the Constraints of Investment, Innovation and Demand to Achieve Success in Battery Applications


Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives LLC

6:05 Close of Conference

* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.

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